Etching of Edmund Kean as The Theatrical Atlas

Etching of Edmund Kean as The Theatrical Atlas

This print shows Edmund Kean as Richard III balancing a model of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (Whitebreads Intire) on his shoulders. Samuel Whitbread, shown wearing a barrel and standing on the steps of the model, shouts 'now by St Pauls the work goes bravely on'. The print is a comment on Samuel Whitbread's dependence on Edmund Kean's popularity and success to ensure the future financial security of the Drury Lane Theatre which at that time was close to bankruptcy.